Many people have no clear understanding about the issues of cites and plagiarism, so I
stronly support the idea of a Wikipedia:Plagiarism policy. We can'tr expect people to
do the right thing if we don't help educate them about what that means.
-Chip Berlet [User:Cberlet]
From: wikien-l-bounces(a)Wikipedia.org on behalf of Matt Brown
Sent: Sun 7/24/2005 3:45 AM
To: Geoff Burling; English Wikipedia
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Re: Plagiarism Policy, was A Missing Policy
Geoff, it's not that we're attacking you or thinking you're whinging;
it's simply that, although there is no EXPLICIT Wikipedia plagiarism
policy, there are Wikipedia policies that effectively prohibit it;
these being copyright policy and citing sources.
If plagiarism takes the form of copyright infringement, then it has to
be deleted. There is no room for argument about this. We cannot
place work under the GFDL without the permission of its author, and
If plagiarism does NOT qualify as copyright infringement, then it
falls foul of WP:CITE. Citing one's sources is not an option on
Wikipedia; it is policy.
All that said, it would not hurt to have a Wikipedia:Plagiarism policy
that puts all that in one place.
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